4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
This passage helps us to understand Jesus’ approach to difficult situations. He knew the Father – His character, His promises – everything about Him. He also knew the Father loved Him and always targeted what was for His good. Even in this difficult time when He was being harassed by the enemy and didn’t currently have the things He needed – like food – He stood firm in believing what God said, not what felt good or easy or at least easier than His current predicament.
This passage reminds us how important it is for us to know God, to spend time learning, meditating, discussing God’s character, how God feels about each of us individually, what God has promised us and the circumstances for which those promises are designed. The more understanding we have of who God is and how His plans are laid out, the more confidence we can have to say no to the enemy when he says he has an easy way out of a difficult time.
The enemy only tried 3 times to catch Jesus out. To me that indicates he gave up pretty quickly. The enemy and Jesus were in a battle at this time and the enemy just walked away after try number 3. He quit. That gives me hope that this is doable.
Dear Lord Thank you for this brilliant demonstration of how walking with You helps in every situation. Thank you that Jesus said we can do all he did and more, so this approach to difficult times is relevant for us too. Thank you that you have given us your word so we can get to know you and we can hear and learn your promises, so they are there at the moment we need them. Amen
Written by Therese Manning